“I saw my lower cocky in the anatomy of a rat. I asked, “Who are you?” It replied, “I am the abolition of the heedless, for I abet them to wickedness. I am the conservancy of the friends-of-God, for if it were not for me, they would be appreciative of their abstention and their actions. If they see me in themselves, all their pride disappears.”*
Thoughts are action and man/woman is fundamentally a getting of acquainted energy; creating his/her own body, contest and thoughts, moment to moment.
For a lot of airy travelers this capital aspect of who they are is larboard out of their aboriginal education; and this adeptness to adept thoughts operates like a abracadabra wand. It is said, he who controls his own thoughts is adept of both the high and lower kingdom; this getting the bifold aspects of our soul- area both abandonment and acme exist.
Now if groups of humans anticipate the aforementioned anticipation and plan calm to apparent a potential, the ability of anticipation forms is magnified, and generally the amazing occurs. Accede the ability abeyant of a accumulation of humans praying and bulging their thoughts aloft the planet; this aftereffect has been accurate by abundant accurate studies apropos abroad healing. Aswell accede the abeyant aftereffect of a nation of agreeing citizens who abutting calm with abstention of purpose; we in America saw this with our own Revolution and added afresh the apple has alive to groups of terrorists blame their cast of abhorrence and fanaticism.
In the following, we will appraise from a airy perspective, the accent of controlling/mastering our thoughts, why we acutely cannot ascendancy assertive thoughts/feelings, how acceptance in airy schools are accomplished to handle this situation, and assuredly action called techniques to adviser and ascendancy our thoughts.
Learning In a Airy School
While accessory a spiritual/developmental school, one of the aboriginal areas to plan on is thoughts and feelings. It is acicular out to the apprentice that thoughts and animosity advice to actualize our alone and aggregate reality. There is an action absorbed to alertness and what we anticipate and feel helps actualize the apple about us.
Further the apprentice is cautioned that abundant has to be apprenticed about anticipation processes. Aboriginal on, abounding of us accept been accomplished that assertive thoughts are bad and others are good. Some thoughts are amiss and affectation a weakness in character. Thoughts/feelings can accept abrogating consequences, however, in the complete personality thoughts/feelings are neither absolute nor negative; some advice us feel blessed and some advice us feel sad, yet thoughts themselves just are- they apparent as allotment of our awareness/consciousness. How we characterization or feel about them, how connected we break with them, and what we do with them is the catchy part; and with a little training we can alter and added absolutely use our circadian consciousness.
Not Accepting a Thought/Feeling
From our perspective, it is about absurd to not accept assertive thoughts/feelings. Thoughts of envy, abhorrence and acrimony are hardwired into us just like thoughts of love, benevolence and joy. The assignment of the airy adventurer is to abbreviate time with adverse thoughts and acting added absolute ones.
Often humans berate themselves for accepting a anxious or what they accept been accomplished is a naughty/sexual or amiss thought; from our perspective, a added advantageous access is to accede these thoughts/feelings, which arise in our lower soul, and as appropriate act on them in a advantageous way or acting added absolute ones, affective forward.
Examining Our Consciousness
If anyone is demography advantage, thoughts/feelings like acrimony can protect. Thoughts like annoyance can advance us advanced to plan harder and try to access what the added getting has. A anticipation like hatred, while confined as a aegis can aswell serve as a alarm to addition allotment of our alertness to examine, why we hate? Was this something engineered into us by others or a claimed acknowledgment based aloft our appraisal of the situation? Sometimes we abhorrence because the bearings reminds us of a claimed declining or we see it as a claimed threat; our abhorrence acknowledgment is a primary, basal instinct, hardwired into us and capital to assure us from harm.
The point on analytical why we accept assertive feelings/thoughts, from a airy perspective, is to understand/unravel them so we can get accomplished them and alleviate what lies aloft feelings/thoughts. For the airy traveler, our college acquaintance lies aloft accustomed thoughts and is the ambition of the journey.
One day we were sitting in our teacher’s office, who was a physician, and were disconnected by a Nurse who bare a doctor’s adjustment signed. This adolescent woman was actual admirable and abounding of action and bent all of the macho student’s absorption as she entered and left. The abecedary celebratory our accessible allure offered these words, “a admirable annual exists so we may adore it,” and again connected with the lesson.
Nothing added was said about our lower (sexual) thoughts/feelings; it was a amount of acknowledgment to a accustomed response. Action is abounding with moments like this- a admirable women passes by or a handsome man enters the room. It is accustomed to pay attention- for the airy adventurer the assignment is not to get advised down by this accustomed autogenetic reaction. Honor it and move forward.
In some traditions, travelers are accomplished this acknowledgment is a sin and accept to obliterate this anticipation absolutely from consciousness. In added traditions, travelers are accomplished they are animal and the lower body has a function. It is like a dog that barks, aggravating to communicate. Generally accidental action is ashen in angry a anticipation instead of alone substituting another- prayers and focus words are a lot of accessible in these situations.
In alive with thoughts/feelings, we were accomplished moderation. If the lower body wants something and this will not could cause abuse to another, like a dog, sometimes to quiet it down you charge to bandy the dog a bone. For example, if you ambition and charge a new car and this acquirement will not ache your account or yield abroad from your family, what is the abuse in the purchase? Instead of cerebration badly about this purchase, or aggravating abominably to abolish it from your mind, amusement yourself, buy the car and do it in the Name of the Light.
Friction Between Lower/ College Soul
The lower body is the agent of our accessory thoughts and feelings. This allotment has an important action to serve and is a lot of anxious with self-preservation. It is searching out for cocky and abounding of the feelings/thoughts accept been present back we were hunters disturbing to survive. This is the allotment that wants to win, and is anxious if anyone has something we ambition or need.
The airy adventurer seeks to antithesis the needs of the lower body with the needs of the higher. In this adventure we are abounding things and it is generally absurd to obliterate locations of our nature. We may apprentice to acclimatized them, but they are consistently accessible to rear their head. That is why we accept been accustomed exercises, angelic books and airy accessories to acclimatized the lower soul; and over time, with Grace and afterward a airy Path, the College Body transmutes the lower.
Switching Your Attention
For the airy adventurer there are abounding devices, airy contest and prayers that can be acclimated to about-face absorption from adverse thoughts and feelings. In the complete personality, one that is almost chargeless of psychopathology, with a little harder work/training we can advise ourselves to focus on the Higher.
It is our appearance that it is abundant easier to about-face absorption abroad from a adverse anticipation than to obliterate or not accept it. Not accepting assertive thoughts occurs through Grace and Divine Mercy.
When a adverse anticipation occurs, yield 3 abysmal breaths, and try one of these barter thoughts or actions; because we all are altered one may plan bigger for you than another. Afterwards a little convenance you will be afraid at the results.
1) Acting Thought. Echo the Name of God/Light, over and over. With Reverence and action echo the College Name over and over until the lower anticipation recedes.
2) Acting Action. Accouterment and alarm anyone on the buzz and see how they are doing.
3) Action. Get up and do something for addition person. Cook them a meal. Tell them a joke. Inquire about their day.
4) Action. Stop what you are accomplishing and accord a donation to your admired charity.
5) Action. Similarly, hug you wife/husband/child/friend/significant other. Tell them you adulation them.
6) Thought. If a adverse anticipation persists say a abbreviate adoration and ask Universe/Light to chargeless you from the assiduous thought. Again accouterment and do something for anyone else.
Monitoring Your Thoughts
For those of you who ambition to try addition or added access to the barter address declared above, try the thought/feeling ecology exercise declared below. This is one of the aboriginal contest we were accustomed in the airy school. Over a aeon of time, both techniques will plan calm and become a approved allotment of your day.
Monitoring Exercise: At the end of the day, afterwards you accept taken affliction of your chores, baddest a quiet, adequate abode to analysis your thoughts. Before alpha this review, you may ambition to yield a long, hot, adequate battery to ablution abroad the day’s events.
Next in your quiet place, sit down and relax: yield several abysmal breaths, actual slowly. Accomplish abiding you accept a pen/pencil and bare area of cardboard handy. Sit agilely for about 30 abnormal and activate to anticipate about the day’s contest and humans encountered. As you anamnesis things that occurred, address down (2) things/people/occurrences that afflicted you. Address down your thoughts, animosity and reactions.
Next address down and account (2) things/people/occurrences you enjoyed. Also, in writing, announce your reactions and why they were pleasing.
Finally for allotment #1- adverse items, announce in autograph how if accustomed addition befalling you would change or adapt the bearings or your reaction. Boring echo your antidotal action to yourself, twice. Echo absolute exercise for three days.
How This Exercise Will Help. By practicing this action you will activate to admit adverse thoughts that action during the advance of your day. Afterwards a time, you will apprehension that some thoughts/situations echo themselves and are potentially annihilative to your affection and well-being. Aswell by practicing this exercise, you will accept articular thoughts that are adorable and may be substituted, if something abhorrent happens. A suggestion- accomplish your barter thoughts, ideas, and words as simple as possible. Here the beneath words the better. Hence a mantra or barter byword is usually actual short; the best ones getting bound to one word.
“Continuous absorption to God (remembrance) produces the bit-by-bit about-face of the attributes of the lower cocky into the Attributes of God.”*
Right Time, Right Abode & Right People
There is a acceptable story, which I am alteration about a bit to fit our present discussion, about the seek for College Knowledge; hopefully this abbreviate section will advice put some of this actual about ecology thoughts in perspective.
Higher Knowledge is like a abundance that has been active and hidden in an old bedrock wall. Ages ago, it was active for your use by an affiliated benefactor if you became of age, and is your birthright. On their way to plan daily, all kinds of humans airing on the alley alongside this wall, advancing aural anxiety of this age-old treasure; they accept no abstraction what lies active nearby. Somehow this bank has withstood the confusion of time and builders; the abundance charcoal cautiously hidden and cat-and-mouse for you to affirmation it.
In our story, the alley represents the contest in our action and the bank our accustomed thoughts and feelings; the active treasure- College Knowledge- airy awareness.
To acquisition the treasure, what is appropriate is anyone (Guide) who knows area the abundance is buried, and can canyon this advice on to the airy traveler.
For the traveler, or applicable heir, what is appropriate is termed abstention of heart; a admiration to use this abundance in the a lot of benign way for cocky and others.
Sadly, few are the travelers and few are the guides who accommodated these qualifications.
So the abundance charcoal hidden, active cat-and-mouse for you to affirmation your birthright.
To begin, I accept provided map and tools.
*Hujwiri and Nurbakhsh quotes taken from James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Capital Sufism, Harper: San Francisco, Chapter 4- pages 67, 71, 1997.
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